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Solidarity with 1492 Land Back Lane

Land Defenders in the 1492 Land Back Lane action reclaiming land along the Haldimand Tract have the support and solidarity of the Ontario Federation of Labour. Since July 19, Haudenosaunee Land Defenders have been peacefully reclaiming land along the Haldimand Tract, just south of Caledonia. The Haldimand Tract was land given to Six Nations, in…


Solidarity with Scholar Strike Canada on September 9 and 10, 2020

The OFL stands in solidarity with Scholar Strike Canada, which is being held on September 9 and 10 to protest anti-Black murders by the police in the United States and in Canada. “Many scholars are employed in precarious work in our academic institutions, and as such, we recognize that this solidarity action of coming together…


OFL statement in support of the people of Belarus

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), in solidarity with the people and workers of Belarus, condemns the authoritarian violence against peaceful protesters following the presidential election in Belarus. The OFL joins the Canadian Labour Congress in calling for an end to the violence, persecution, and arrests of peaceful protesters and demands the release of all…


OFL Statement on the tragic death of OPSEU Member Karen Gottschalk-Millar

(Toronto) – The following is a statement from Patty Coates, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour, regarding the death of OPSEU member Karen Gottschalk-Millar. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) mourns with the family, friends and colleagues for OPSEU Local 448 member Karen Gottschalk-Millar. The OFL sends our sincere condolences to all those impacted…


Ford tracker: PC actions to date

This list was last updated on July 28 2020Click here to download the Ford Tracker.Cliquez ici pour télécharger le Ford Tracker “Gardons Forda l’oeil”, le 25 juillet 2019.  PC actions to date (highlights): July 2020 Revealed that provincial spending was $3.5 billion lower than planned last year, further starving public services Removed $1 billion in planned funding…


Ford is using the health emergency to assault democracy with Bill 195, says OFL

The Ontario Federation of Labour is outraged by the anti-democratic, and unprecedented Bill 195 that has been rammed through the legislature by the Ford Conservatives. The bill declares Ontario’s state of emergency over while letting the government override the rights of Ontarians and dodge public oversight, said the OFL.


Defund the Police FAQ

WHAT IS ANTI-BLACK AND ANTI-INDIGENOUS RACISM? Anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism is an implicit and/or explicit bias, on an individual and institutional level, directed at Black people and members of Canada’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.  It has historically and presently resulted in public policies and practices – including policing, educational, health care, labour market,…


COVID-19 economic recovery plan must put people first if it is to succeed, says the Ontario Federation of Labour

“Ontario workers are seeing COVID-19’s effect on the Ontario economy, their families, and their workplaces every day. They must be meaningfully consulted on any plan for economic recovery,” said OFL President Patty Coates. “The labour movement urges the Ford government to take off its pro-business, anti-worker blinders and boldly consider the robust economic recovery plan that we are presenting. For the good of our province, it’s time to deliver health and safety laws that put workers first, strong public services, decent work laws, and justice for all.”


Statement: Ford government proposal for holiday cuts is a non-starter

(Toronto) – The Ford Conservative’s proposal of a two-year pilot project that would remove nine statutory holidays from retail workers and leave them with only three shows the government’s callous and harmful attitude toward retail workers and their families. Despite recent accounts that this proposal was never meant to be implemented, the government had public…


Statement: National Indigenous Peoples Day

We each must take action in our unions and communities to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.


Ford Government should immediately repeal Bill 124, after Manitoba Court strikes down similar wage restraint legislation as unconstitutional

(Toronto) – Ontario unions are renewing their call for the Ford government to repeal Ontario’s wage control legislation (Bill 124), after a court ruling struck down a similar law in Manitoba. The Ontario challenge, brought by a coalition of unions against the Ford Government’s wage control legislation, received a significant boost yesterday as a result…


With child care centres slated to reopen, OFL calls on the Ford government to provide needed funding and invest in publicly funded child care

The Ontario Federation joins the call for the Ford government to provide new provincial funding so child care operators can take the steps necessary for safe reopening across Ontario, including needed supports for educators, staff, programs, and facilities. “Families and educators in this province are saying the government’s plan for reopening without providing critical funding,…